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Grant helps fund Georgia Gwinnett College building

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A community grant will help augment a new Allied Health and Sciences building at Georgia Gwinnett College, officials said Monday.

College officials announced the awarding of a $50,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia (CFNEG) for the addition to the Lawrenceville campus, which is slated be under construction this fall.

"If GGC is to provide world-class educational training in the midst of Georgia's Innovation Crescent, and ensure that students are prepared for the employment trends of the region and state, we require state-of-the-art facilities," said Stas Preczewski, vice president for academic and student affairs. "Basic construction project funding does not cover additional, enhanced needs of undergraduate research, audio-visual technologies, information technology and other educational resources."

The state government is providing $30.2 million for the new building, including about $6 million designated for furniture, fixtures, equipment and other costs. But college officials said the money only provides for basic needs, causing leaders to pursue private funding to meet the technical requirements for current and future science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

"Every academic building is an investment in the future," said Lori Buckheister, director of development. "Support such as the CFNEG grant enables us to better serve students today and for many years to come."

In appreciation of the grant, officials said a selected space in the new building, expected to open in mid-2014, will be named for the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia.